thought process

Definitions of thought process

n the process of using your mind to consider something carefully

cerebration, intellection, mentation, thinking, thought
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free association
a thought process in which ideas (words or images) suggest other ideas in a sequence
construction, mental synthesis
the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought
abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning
thinking that is coherent and logical
line of thought
a particular way of thinking that is characteristic of some individual or group
thread, train of thought
the connections that link the various parts of an event or argument together
obscure or irrational thought
the process of forming and relating ideas
the process of giving careful thought to something
thinking something out with care in order to achieve complete understanding of it
thought that makes something comprehensible
planning, preparation, provision
the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening
problem solving
the thought processes involved in solving a problem
convergent thinking
thinking that brings together information focussed on solving a problem (especially solving problems that have a single correct solution)
divergent thinking, out-of-the-box thinking
thinking that moves away in diverging directions so as to involve a variety of aspects and which sometimes lead to novel ideas and solutions; associated with creativity
interpretation, interpreting, rendering, rendition
an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious
a mental synthesis that becomes fixed or concrete by a process resembling crystal formation
the conception and development of an idea or plan
analysis, analytic thinking
the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations
argument, argumentation, line, line of reasoning, logical argument
a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning
reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence
deduction, deductive reasoning, synthesis
reasoning from the general to the particular (or from cause to effect)
illation, inference
the reasoning involved in drawing a conclusion or making a logical judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence and prior conclusions rather than on the basis of direct observation
anticipation, prediction, prevision
the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)
logical and methodical reasoning
reasoning backward, regress
the reasoning involved when you assume the conclusion is true and reason backward to the evidence
synthesis, synthetic thinking
the combination of ideas into a complex whole
advisement, deliberation, weighing
careful consideration
a systematic consideration
contemplation, musing, reflection, reflexion, rumination, thoughtfulness
a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
principle, rationale
(law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature)
something crucial for explaining
rationalisation, rationalization
the cognitive process of making something seem consistent with or based on reason
agreement, arrangement
the thing arranged or agreed to
the planning that is disrupted when someone `upsets the applecart'
malice aforethought, mens rea
(law) criminal intent; the thoughts and intentions behind a wrongful act (including knowledge that the act is illegal); often at issue in murder trials
calculation, deliberation
planning something carefully and intentionally
forethought, premeditation
planning or plotting in advance of acting
enquiry, inquiry, research
a search for knowledge
calculation, computation, figuring, reckoning
problem solving that involves numbers or quantities
a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena
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higher cognitive process
cognitive processes that presuppose the availability of knowledge and put it to use

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